Going For Your First Ever Job Interview? Here Are The Most Commonly Asked Questions
When going for an interview, you have to be prepared for the questions you will be asked. The interviewers can ask something which is unexpected, so you don’t need to memorize an answer, but do think about what you’re going to say. Since these questions are so common, interviewers will expect you to be able to answer them smoothly and without hesitation. Here are some tips to help you prepare for what you’ll be asked for:
1. Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
Your resume tells everything about your work but they want to hear it from you what you are all about. Maybe they want to see your confidence or they want to gauge if you’ve fibbed on the resume. This is the most common question in interviews, and you need to be coherent, fluent and confident while answering. Give them a brief summary of your life and qualifications, but do mention your other interests too – especially if you’re very passionate about them.
2. What do you know about our company?
Before a job interview, do your homework. You can’t afford to walk into an interview absolutely clueless about the company and expect to get the job. Do a research on the company, know when they launched, which milestones they’ve recently hit. Memorise the names of the senior management and what they’re best known for. You can also visit their profiles on LinkedIn.
3. How did you hear about this position?
If someone in the company referred you, this is the time to mention it. Most interviewers want to hear that you applied to the company because you want to work for it, not as a back-up or because it was the only one that was hiring.
4. Why do you want this job?
Now here, talk about why you would be a good fit, how your personal goals align with the position you’ve applied for and why you’re excited about it. Don’t show your desperation for the job. You can show your interest in the designation and job roles you are offered.
5. What are the challenges you’ve faced while working in a group?
You can leave your impression here by talking about your college group projects, during the internship – how you faced a challenge that you had to break down and solve. Also, don’t exaggerate your own contribution. Tell them about how you sought your seniors’ help and what you learned from the process.
6. How do you handle work stress and problems?
They need to know that you won’t crumble under pressure and that you’ll address any issues that are bothering you before it’s too late. When they ask you this question, talk about how you de-stress at home and what extracurricular hobbies help you keep going when work gets tough.
7. Why should we hire you?
You’ve got to tell them that you are the best candidate for the job. Make your response a short sales pitch that explains what you have to offer the employer, and why you should get the job.
8. What is your expected salary?
As a fresher, you are unlikely to have a lot of negotiating power and most companies have a fixed package for entry-level jobs in all departments. You might not be asked this question, but on the off-chance that you are, it’s important that you know what industry standards are and get your employers to match or top that.
9. Would you like to ask us anything?
At the close of the interview, most interviewers ask whether you have any questions about the job or company. It’s always a good idea to say yes to the question and have a list ready to ask your doubts.